about Jeremy Phillips & Mary Carla Whitaker
Jeremy and Mary Carla, founders of Zimma-Rimba and published authors, currently reside in Texas with their daughter Chloe. They have been teaching elementary music for over 16 years and have been actively involved in Zimbabwean-style marimba music for more than 10 years. Between them they have taught thousands of students in marimba groups and have written and arranged a multitude of pieces for marimba ensemble.

Jeremy currently teaches music at Pinkerton Elementary School in Coppell, Texas, where he has taught for forteen years.  He has been the lead elementary music teacher for the district, campus teacher of the year, team leader, and he directs the Rova Marimba and Drum Ensemble. Under his direction, the Rova Marimba and Drum Ensemble is an invited ensemble for the Texas Music Educator’s 2011 annual convention. Jeremy received his bachelors in Music Education and a Master’s in Saxophone Performance from The University of Georgia. He continued doctoral studies at the University of North Texas. Notable performances in his career include the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, the 2nd International Adolphe Sax Contest, and he received first runner up in the Music Teacher’s National Association Chamber Music Contest. 

Mary Carla currently teaches music at Bluebonnet Elementary School in Keller, Texas where she has taught for thirteen years. She has also been district lead teacher, a campus teacher of the year and directs the Tafadzwa Marimba Ensemble that has been featured in the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the Keller Citizen. Mary Carla studied bassoon performance at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Georgia, received a B.A. from The University of Rochester, and completed her teacher’s certificate from The University of Georgia. She has performed with the Alabama, Greenville, Augusta, and Macon Symphony Orchestras and received a scholarship to attend the Aspen Summer Music Festival.